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"The owner of a software piracy Web site has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison--the longest sentence ever handed down for software piracy.

Nathan Peterson, 27, of Los Angeles, sold copyrighted software at a huge discount on his site, iBackups.net, prosecutors said. The FBI began investigating the site in 2003 and shut it down in February 2005." -- Read more


"Neil McAllister calls on the FOSS community to drop the fortress mentality and work to build bridges with Microsoft. That's kind of like saying an abused wife should hug her husband just because he brings her flowers. Maybe Microsoft really is changing, but LXer's Don Parris suggests watching to see what they are holding in the other hand." -- Read more

The Cheap Revolution


Forbes writes: "Free Software. Bargain chips. The always-on Internet. Today's tech giants are in danger. The Next Big Thing has already begun."

"This next wave is going to be bigger than anything that came before it, says Coleman. (...) He believes this one could end up bigger than BEA. "We are going into a period of unbelievable disruption," he says. "We're about to see a huge tectonic shift, more dramatic than anything in the past. This is the next boom, the next big storm. Things are going to get really wild."" -- Read more


"REP. Teodoro Casiño is expected to file a bill this week mandating the use of free and open source software and open standards in all government projects.

A draft furnished to Standard Today showed that the bill allows the use of proprietary software in government only when no open source alternatives are readily available, or when a proprietary system is already widely in use.

The bill also prohibits any government agency from procuring technology goods and services that are locked in to or dependent on a single vendor.

The bill defines a FOSS license as any license or end-user agreement that ensures free access to open source software and the right to freely redistribute it." -- Read more


"So, those of you who still think Microsoft will pull it off easily, are you still that convinced? Microsoft is seeking help with Xen, an Open Source company. Is that still as reassuring? Note that Microsoft's legal problems aren't finished either. The third world and especially China are moving more and more towards Open Source. What if the EU decides that computers may no longer be sold with an Operating System preinstalled, then what? Then consumers will see the 70 bucks that they pay for that cr*p."

"Still not convinced? I will give a Microsoft employee the last word:

"It scares me that this is what Linux does today, it’s free. Open Office is free. I can do anything on the 'free' platform that I can do on Windows. Eventually it will be like an old sweater that I am comfy with. Wait 10 years and watch as these folks graduate and move into positions of influence. Its no longer a hard migration issue – that generation will be comfy with Linux and it will be the kind of decision (if not easier) that was made when corporations moved from OS/2 or DOS to Windows.